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Starting and funding an IET Community

Find out how to start and fund your own community.

Funding your IET Community

Any group of IET members can come together to form a community and make an application to the IET through the Communities Resourcing Committee or the five regional Communities Committees for resources to support the activities of the community. If you are thinking of creating a new community please contact the Communities team. We can then advise you on whether a similar community exists already.

There are a number of different options in how you can fund an IET Community.

Annual funding

Most of our long-standing communities apply for funding a year in advance. This is a good option for a group of volunteers that have a longer term vision and the volunteer input to support the realisation of that vision.  It can enable volunteers to theme a series of events or activities. The image below shows you how the annual funding process works once you have submitted your application.

Please click the image above to view the process map.

If you would like to apply for annual funding there are a number of options depending on the type of community.



Single activity funding

You also have the choice of applying for funding for a single activity. These applications can be made at any time and multiple applications can be made in a year.  This is a very flexible system which does not require a group of volunteers to plan far ahead.  It enables volunteers to be nimble and react quickly to changing circumstances, there is a reduced administration burden and it can be easier to find volunteers to help on an event by event basis or for a one-off event or activity. The image below shows you how the single activity funding process works once you have submitted your application. 

Please click the image above to view the process map.


Requesting additional resources

Any community in receipt of funding from the IET can make a request to the CRC/CC for additional resources.  This can be particularly useful if circumstances change for the community, or if the volunteer group wishes to take advantage of an opportunity that had not been foreseen during the funding application process.


Please click the image above to view the process map.



Starting an online community

The IET manages its very own social networking platform – MyCommunity. A number of IET communities use MyCommunity to run their activities entirely online. If you would like to start an online community which does not require any funding then you can fill in this form.

Successful applications to the CRC/CCs

Applications are assessed carefully by the CRC or appropriate regional CC.  To give your application the best chance of success think about the following points:

  • Make sure you give the CRC/CC enough information about what you want to do;
  • Make sure you demonstrate that your activity is in line with the objectives of IET communities and therefore something that the committee is able to fund;
  • Show that your community is organised and focused on delivering activity rather than administration and bureaucracy;
  • It may not be possible to give venue or speaker details if applying over a year in advance, but a clear indication of your intention helps the CRC/CC to feel confident;
  • Give the CRC/CC confidence that your activity will be delivered successfully.  If you have had funding from the CRC/CC before they will look at your track record of delivering activities, whether metrics are being submitted, how many members and non-members have been attending events and if the community is operating a bank account have accounts been submitted on time and has expenditure passed audit;
  • Show that your community is sustainable.  If you are a first time applicant try to give the committee confidence that you will be able to deliver your activity with the resources that you are requesting and the volunteers that you have recruited.  If you have had funding from the CRC/CC before show the committee that you are making good use of the resources and tools available to you, that you work well with the staff team and CRC/CC, and that you have enough volunteers to deliver your activity and a succession plan in place if appropriate.